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How to Deal with Holiday Depression
The holidays are a time of celebration, there should be no room for loneliness and sadness. Everyone should be having a good time with their family and friends. You are expected to join in and be part of the fun. However, there are people who suffer from holiday depression due to a series of environmental factors. People suffer from holiday blues due to social pressure, money and holiday hazards.
Here are useful tips that can help you deal with holiday depression:
Plan ahead of time
Make a plan on how you can care for yourself during the holiday. These include routines, diet and other activities with your family. Reading books, napping and writing your thoughts can help you relax and get organised for the holiday. A good holiday plan can help you enjoy and have fun with the family.
Stay away from family conflict
Avoid family conflict. Find an escape if you think that conflict will arise any time soon. If asked about your opinion on family matters, find a neutral response. You should try to avoid getting involved.
Focus on the essence of the holiday
If you focus on the essence of the holiday, there is no need to worry about material things. What matters the most is your time with the family. Don’t stress on unimportant things. Enjoy your time with your loved ones.
Do not try to be perfect
Do not try to be perfect. Make do of what is available. Let things be less ideal and broken. In that way, you can relax and focus on enjoying the holiday.
Talk about your feelings
Open up about your feelings, emotions and opinions. Update your family about what’s going on in your life. Talking about your feelings can lessen the stress and burden that you are carrying. Do not be afraid to ask for help from a professional if needed.
Get enough sleep
Getting enough rest is one of the most effective practices that you should do to cope with holiday depression. Do not let holiday activities ruin your sleep routines. Maintain your sleep routine and make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary. TVs and phones shouldn’t be allowed in your sleep sanctuary.
Minimise social media use
Limit the time that you spend on social media. You will be more depressed when you see your friends posting their happy moments on social media. If this is the case, consider reviewing your social media habits. Do not victimize yourself instead learn how to fight with your depression.
Consider light exposure
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a common condition that affects people during the holidays. Among the best ways you can do is to take long walks and 30 minutes a day of light exposure.
However, if you are suffering from SAD, talk to a doctor for professional help.